Unique Formwork Solution for Google’s London Headquarters
There are occasions when sophisticated, advanced construction techniques cannot be applied. Something simpler and more innovative is required. This was the case for building a sound studio into Google’s new London headquarters.
The works involved construction of a reinforced concrete sound studio inside an existing completed building.
Customer requirements were for a system with a Low Carbon Footprint although the quality of the finished face was not important as internal blockwork was to be erected. This meant the costs could be reduced by using a cheap ply for the face.
One problem was that there was no crane option and there was limited access so a system that could be carried in, erected and stripped by hand with no mechanical lifting was essential.
The studio dimensions are 22 m x 11 m x 6.5 m high to be constructed inside a newly finished Office Block in London.
The office block was completed for handover but Google have decided to install a large sound studio in the centre of the building. The 2 storey studio meant that an existing floor slab had to be removed to enable the structure to be constructed.
Some walls are between floors, some are full height, some meet existing lift shafts and there is a middle wall with 2 corners.
To complicate matters, the design called for a single pour!
The main problems on the contract was space, all the formwork has to be brought in through a set of standard doors by hand and it also has to be able to be carried manually through the building from the basement loading bay using trucks of no more than 7.5 tonne gross.